I have the impression that it is working fine. Mysqladmin instruction needs some modifiers… Let’s say that you want to print the current configuation: you would need to type mysqladmin -?.
I think that the list of text it is being shown to you is, precisly, the help.
I installed each program one by one and I had never used the wamp installation so sure if this is going to help but…
To know if MySQL is running, and that Apache is running you only need to go to the Task Manager and select the processes tab.
If Apache has started and running, you will have a service called ApacheMonitor.exe in the processes.
If mySQL is running, you will have a process named mysqld-net.exe or similar.
If those services are up and running, that’s a start. If they’re not running, then you need to start them.
I have PHP, MySQL and Apache in separate routes, so that you have your wamp folder separate from MySLQ shouldn’t be a problem.
To use mySQL you need to go to where you installed mySQL. Let’s say that it is under c:\mySQL.
When you open the prompt command window, leave c:\Documents and settings\whateverUser and go to c:\
Then move to the MySQL folder
Inside the mysql folder, you can have another folder named MySQL Server 5.0. Go inside it.
Then you have a folder called bin (do a dir to read the list of folders). That’s the one you want so go inside it.
Then execute the instruction you need to start mysql (it seems that you want to use mysqladmin… then type mysqladmin and whatever modfier you need to use to do what you want to do) and the instructions…
If you want the help but you don’t want the text to run so fast, type mysqladmin -? |more
When you use |more, it will fill the screen and will only print a second screen when you hit enter so you have time to read everything.